According to Liverpool City Council, their joint initiative with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority to rid households of unnecessary chemicals was a success.
It was reported that the chemical CleanOut attracted more than 200 cars, which disposed of unwanted chemicals in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
The council claimed last February, they collected 11 tonnes of chemical waste during a CleanOut including water-based paint, oil, oil-based paint, lead-acid batteries and propane gas cylinders.
It can take up to two weeks for council to calculate the amount of chemicals collected. Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said, “We are now calculating the range and quantity of chemicals and paints dropped off.”
She said many people from the community were aware of the importance around being respectful to the environment.
“The number of people who attended on the day highlighted the value placed on the service by the community.
“It is a testament to the people of Liverpool and surrounding areas that so many people made the most of this opportunity.”
However, council did confirm there were a few restrictions, such as with the amount of petrol that can be disposed. They have said a maximum of 20 litres of petrol can be disposed.
The Chemical CleanOut is held twice a year, but for residents that need a more regular outlet, there is also Liverpool’s Community Recycling Centre. Hazardous chemicals are only accepted during a Chemical CleanOut event.
- The CRC accepts paints, oils, batteries, gas bottles, electronic waste and fire extinguishers during its standard operating hours of 8am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday.